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2019 Statistics

This report was generated using Health Canada data available from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.

The Industrial Hemp Regulations (IHR) define “industrial hemp” as a cannabis plant – or any part of that plant – in which the concentration of THC is 0.3% (w/w) or less in the flowering heads and leaves. A licence from Health Canada is required to possess, cultivate, sell/provide, process, produce a derivative, import and/or export industrial hemp.

As per subsection 26(1) of the IHR, a holder of a licence that authorizes cultivation, other than as a plant breeder, must sow only seed of pedigreed status that is of an approved cultivar listed on Health Canada’s current List of Approved Cultivars.

Table 1: 2019 Active Industrial Hemp Licences by Province
Province Total licences Licences for Cultivation
Alberta 180 150
British Columbia 125 110
Manitoba 93 71
New Brunswick 8 8
Newfoundland and Labrador 4 4
Nova Scotia 18 18
Ontario 211 180
Prince Edward Island 15 14
Quebec 68 55
Saskatchewan 144 121
Total 866 731

Notes:

A licence holder might have been granted an industrial hemp licence to conduct multiple activities at multiple sites, which may encompass more than one province.

No licensing activities were authorized for Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut.

Table 2: 2019 Hectarage for Cultivation of Industrial Hemp by Cultivar by Province
Cultivar Hectares
AB BC MB NB NS ON PEI QC SK Total
Altair 101.17 0.92 0 0 0 154.79 0.4 108.35 121.41 487.04
Angie 0 0 0.49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.49
Anka 8.1 22.59 0 4.06 2.43 369.64 0 27.45 3.64 437.91
Canda 143.42 27.51 0 0 0.04 150.8 4.65 0 0 326.42
CanMa 52.61 1.21 465.62 0 0 11.18 2.83 299.32 62.73 895.5
Carmagnola 10.43 64.34 11.74 0 2.02 40.96 0 0 108.62 238.11
CFX-1 0 0.06 0 0.08 0.4 0 0 25.54 32.37 58.45
CFX-2 765.99 0.26 931.22 0.55 0.1 19.8 0 9.1 355.31 2,082.33
CRS-1 8.91 0.34 964.37 0.14 5.67 6.5 0 40.55 0 1,026.48
CS 17.41 5.4 11.74 0 2.42 19.44 78.7 0 83.68 218.79
ESTA-1 0 0 0 0 11.33 1.05 0 0 0 12.38
Felina-34 0 0 0 0 0 0.83 0 0 0 0.83
Ferimon 0 0 0 0.25 0 288.76 0 242.77 3.64 535.42
Fibranova 0 0 0 0 0 0.81 0 0 753.12 753.93
Finola 5,295.33 52.18 200.89 0 0 45.46 0 29.59 4,409.51 10,032.96
Grandi 32.38 2.07 64.75 0.14 0 3.72 0 0.04 0 103.1
GranMa 45.32 0 27.92 0.4 0 6.23 0 333.79 99.15 512.81
Joey 16.19 36.83 172.89 0 0 117.48 4.65 4.1 4.05 356.19
Judy 0 0 0 0.06 0 0 0 0 0 0.06
Jutta 0 0 0 0 0 44.13 0 0 0 44.13
Katani 1,246.57 53.02 1,304.31 0.22 6.98 60.68 0 52.36 6,233.32 8,957.46
Kompolti 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0.2
Martha 0 0 0 62.32 0 117.91 0 0 0 180.23
Petera 0 0 1.02 0.06 0 0 0 0 0 1.08
Picolo 4.05 51.65 0 0 0 0.24 0 0.04 244.96 300.94
Quida 0 0 0.49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.49
Rigel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.01 0 5.01
Silesia 4.11 0 0 0.06 0 0 0 0 0 4.17
USO 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.15 0 0.15
Victoria 0 0 0 6.07 21.04 0 0 0 0 27.11
X-59
1,249.42 202.94 363.41 0.06 69.99 60.72 0.81 0 7,733.14 9,680.49
OtherFootnote * 118.5 0.06 0.24 0.71 0 7.44 0 26.14 1.62 154.71
TOTAL 9,119.91 521.38 4,521.10 75.18 122.42 15,28.77 92.04 1,204.30 20,250.27 37,435.37
Footnote *

These were non‐approved cultivars for plant breeding purposes. They represent approximately twenty cultivars.

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Notes:

A licence holder might have been granted an industrial hemp licence to conduct multiple activities at multiple sites, which may encompass more than one province.

Cultivation was not reported for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Marginal (less than 0.01 hectares) to no cultivation was reported for Alyssa, Carmen, Crag, Delores, Deni, Fasamo, Fedrina-74, Fibriko, Fibrimon-24, Fibrimon-56, Georgina, Kompolti Hibrid TC, Kompolti Sargaszaru, Laura Secord, Lovrin-110, UC-RGM, USO-14, Yvonne, Zolotonosha-11, Zolotonosha-15.

Table 3: 2019 Provincial Hectarage for Cultivation of Industrial Hemp by Cultivar and FormFootnote *
Cultivar Form Hectares
AB BC MB NB NS ON PEI QC SK TOTAL
Altair Seed 101.17 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 77.70 0.00 86.04 66.37 331.28
Grain 0.00 0.89 0.00 0.00 0.00 77.90 0.40 4.30 51.40 134.89
Fibre 0.00 0.89 0.00 0.00 0.00 93.68 0.00 13.30 86.60 194.47
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.92 0.00 0.00 0.00 154.39 0.00 13.30 121.41 290.02
Angie Seed 0.00 0.00 0.47 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.47
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.02 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.02
Fibre 0.00 0.00 0.40 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.40
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.00 0.40 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.40
Anka Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 160.05 0.00 0.12 0.00 160.17
Grain 2.03 0.00 0.00 4.00 2.43 181.22 0.00 27.18 0.00 216.86
Fibre 4.05 22.25 0.00 0.82 0.00 214.65 0.00 11.18 0.00 252.95
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 2.03 2.36 0.00 0.82 2.43 300.60 0.00 4.45 3.64 316.33
Canda Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.40 0.00 0.00 0.40
Grain 7.85 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.02 1.21 0.00 0.00 9.08
Fibre 135.57 6.88 0.00 0.00 0.04 0.00 1.62 0.00 0.00 144.11
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 27.51 0.00 0.00 0.00 150.78 1.42 0.00 0.00 179.71
CanMa Seed 52.61 0.00 36.42 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 89.03
Grain 0.00 1.21 429.00 0.00 0.00 5.76 2.83 297.11 62.73 798.64
Fibre 0.00 1.21 32.00 0.00 0.00 1.62 0.00 141.59 62.73 239.15
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 52.61 0.00 32.20 0.00 0.00 3.80 0.00 143.76 62.73 295.10
Carmagnola Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Grain 10.40 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5.06 0.00 0.00 0.00 15.46
Fibre 10.40 0.00 11.74 0.00 0.00 5.46 0.00 0.00 0.00 27.60
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 10.43 64.34 11.74 0.00 2.02 40.96 0.00 0.00 108.62 238.11
CFX-1 Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.16 0.16
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.40 0.00 0.00 25.50 32.37 58.27
Fibre 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.04 0.40 0.00 0.00 25.54 32.37 58.35
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.06 0.00 0.04 0.40 0.00 0.00 25.54 0.00 26.04
CFX-2 Seed 52.61 0.00 22.26 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 74.87
Grain 642.15 0.00 710.66 0.06 0.00 13.15 0.00 7.00 264.66 1,637.68
Fibre 36.42 0.00 116.58 0.30 0.00 1.21 0.00 0.04 125.45 280.00
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 727.14 0.26 804.55 0.30 0.10 7.66 0.00 2.10 216.10 1,758.21
CRS-1 Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Grain 4.05 0.00 662.88 0.06 5.67 0.40 0.00 9.31 0.00 682.37
Fibre 2.43 0.20 662.88 0.10 5.67 0.61 0.00 18.64 0.00 690.53
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 2.53 0.34 964.37 0.10 5.67 5.69 0.00 18.64 0.00 997.34
CS Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.40 0.40
Grain 17.36 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.23 0.00 0.00 0.00 18.59
Fibre 17.36 0.00 11.74 0.00 0.00 1.23 0.00 0.00 0.00 30.33
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 17.41 5.40 11.74 0.00 2.42 19.44 78.70 0.00 83.28 218.39
ESTA-1 Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 11.33 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 11.33
Fibre 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 11.33 1.05 0.00 0.00 0.00 12.38
Felina-34 Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.83 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.83
Fibre 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Ferimon Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 19.02 0.00 27.00 0.00 46.02
Fibre 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.25 0.00 23.88 0.00 236.62 0.00 260.75
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.25 0.00 288.76 0.00 218.77 3.64 511.42
Fibranova Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250.90 250.90
Fibre 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250.90 250.90
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.81 0.00 0.00 753.12 753.93
Finola Seed 263.05 0.00 94.26 0.00 0.00 1.62 0.00 0.00 250.18 609.11
Grain 4,295.71 42.05 163.09 0.00 0.00 39.39 0.00 27.93 3,603.33 8,171.50
Fibre 2,876.71 2.84 0.00 0.00 0.00 41.68 0.00 0.00 980.96 3,902.19
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 4,605.37 12.15 0.20 0.00 0.00 40.87 0.00 1.67 2,874.86 7,535.12
Grandi Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Grain 32.38 0.00 64.75 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 97.19
Fibre 0.00 0.00 64.75 0.10 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.04 0.00 64.89
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 32.38 2.07 64.75 0.10 0.00 3.72 0.00 0.04 0.00 103.06
GranMa Seed 45.32 0.00 27.92 0.40 0.00 0.10 0.00 48.01 0.00 121.75
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.40 0.00 0.49 0.00 307.68 99.15 407.72
Fibre 45.32 0.00 0.00 0.40 0.00 0.81 0.00 106.76 0.00 153.29
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 45.32 0.00 0.00 0.40 0.00 6.05 0.00 194.81 99.15 345.73
Joey Seed 0.00 0.00 0.07 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07
Grain 0.00 7.28 0.02 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4.10 0.00 11.40
Fibre 16.19 0.00 15.38 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4.10 0.00 35.67
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 29.54 157.42 0.00 0.00 117.48 4.65 4.10 4.05 317.24
Judy Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Fibre 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.06
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.06
Jutta Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.02 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.02
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 44.11 0.00 0.00 0.00 44.11
Fibre 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 44.11 0.00 0.00 0.00 44.11
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 44.13 0.00 0.00 0.00 44.13
Katani Seed 0.00 0.61 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 70.42 71.03
Grain 554.01 2.43 0.00 0.06 6.88 7.28 0.00 40.50 2,733.24 3,344.40
Fibre 615.12 9.91 186.16 0.14 6.88 40.06 0.00 40.54 2,487.19 3,386.00
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 1,167.25 52.41 1,304.30 0.14 6.98 60.68 0.00 52.36 6,162.50 8,806.62
Kompolti Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Fibre 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.20 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.20
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Martha Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 47.35 0.00 71.27 0.00 0.00 0.00 118.62
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.00 62.32 0.00 114.58 0.00 0.00 0.00 176.90
Fibre 0.00 0.00 0.00 62.32 0.00 110.13 0.00 0.00 0.00 172.45
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.00 0.00 62.32 0.00 116.25 0.00 0.00 0.00 178.57
Petera Seed 0.00 0.00 1.01 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.01
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.06
Fibre 0.00 0.00 1.01 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.07
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.00 1.01 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1.07
Picolo Seed 0.00 30.35 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 30.35
Grain 4.05 20.23 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.12 24.40
Fibre 0.00 34.40 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.04 0.00 34.44
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 4.05 35.46 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.24 0.00 0.04 244.84 284.63
Quida Seed 0.00 0.00 0.47 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.47
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.02 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.02
Fibre 0.00 0.00 0.40 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.40
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.00 0.40 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.40
Rigel Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4.10 0.00 4.10
Fibre 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5.01 0.00 5.01
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5.01 0.00 5.01
Silesia Seed 0.11 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.11
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Fibre 4.00 0.00 0.00 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4.06
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.06 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.06
USO-31 Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Fibre 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.15 0.00 0.15
Victoria Seed 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.00 6.07 21.04 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 27.11
Fibre 0.00 0.00 0.00 6.07 21.04 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 27.11
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 0.00 0.00 0.00 6.07 21.04 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 27.11
X-59 Seed 0.00 0.04 178.06 0.00 0.00 55.85 0.00 0.00 799.47 1,033.42
Grain 273.93 54.67 157.83 0.06 69.99 58.48 0.81 0.00 5,384.87 6,000.64
Fibre 556.40 201.49 335.89 0.06 36.42 58.48 0.00 0.00 4,394.20 5,582.94
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 1,219.87 171.54 335.89 0.06 69.99 59.51 0.00 0.00 6,093.95 7,950.81
OtherFootnote **
Seed 0.03 0.06 0.17 0.00 0.00 0.16 0.00 0.93 0.00 1.35
Grain 0.00 0.00 0.07 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 8.41 0.00 8.98
Fibre 85.39 0.00 0.00 0.10 0.00 0.00 0.00 8.40 0.00 93.89
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 33.08 0.00 0.00 0.10 0.00 7.28 0.00 8.40 1.62 50.48
All Seed 514.90 31.06 361.11 47.75 0.00 366.77 0.40 135.10 1,186.99 2,644.08
Grain 5,843.92 128.77 2,188.34 73.67 117.74 568.92 5.26 790.13 12,482.77 22,199.52
Fibre 4,405.37 280.09 1,438.94 70.91 70.46 637.81 1.62 611.82 8,420.41 15,937.43
Flowering Heads, Leaves, Branches 7,919.46 404.38 36,88.99 70.91 122.38 1,430.14 84.77 693.14 16,833.50 31,247.67
Footnote *

The same site can be cultivated for multiple forms of industrial hemp.

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Footnote **

These were non‐approved cultivars for plant breeding purposes. They represent approximately twenty cultivars.

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Notes:

A licence holder might have been granted an industrial hemp licence to conduct multiple activities at multiple sites, which may encompass more than one province.

Cultivation was not reported for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Marginal (less than 0.01 hectares) to no cultivation was reported for Alyssa, Carmen, Crag, Delores, Deni, Fasamo, Fedrina-74, Fibriko, Fibrimon-24, Fibrimon-56, Georgina, Kompolti Hibrid TC, Kompolti Sargaszaru, Laura Secord, Lovrin-110, UC-RGM, USO-14, Yvonne, Zolotonosha-11, Zolotonosha-15.

Table 4: 2019 Industrial Hemp Cultivation SitesFootnote * by Approved Cultivar by Province
Approved
cultivar
Cultivation sites
AB BC MB NB NS ON PEI QC SK Total
Altair 3 2 1 0 0 6 1 10 4 27
Angie 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Anka 2 5 1 3 2 27 0 6 1 47
Canda 9 3 1 0 1 7 2 2 0 25
CanMa 1 2 19 0 0 6 2 20 1 51
Carmagnola 5 10 1 0 1 14 0 0 3 34
CFX-1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 6
CFX-2 21 3 17 3 1 7 0 4 8 64
CRS-1 3 5 37 2 1 6 0 3 0 57
CS 6 4 1 0 1 5 7 0 5 29
ESTA-1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3
Felina-34 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Ferimon 0 0 0 1 0 17 0 12 1 31
Fibranova 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 7
Finola 95 13 8 0 0 11 0 7 88 222
Grandi 2 4 5 2 0 3 0 1 0 17
GranMa 2 0 2 1 0 8 0 28 2 43
Joey 2 5 7 0 0 7 1 3 1 26
Judy 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Jutta 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 2 0 9
Katani 42 18 29 3 2 17 0 6 70 187
Kompolti 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Laura Secord 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Martha 0 0 0 8 0 16 0 0 0 24
Petera 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
Picolo 1 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 13
Quida 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Rigel 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 6
Silesia 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 7
USO-31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Victoria 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
X-59 35 18 10 1 3 12 1 2 71 153
TOTAL 236 101 149 29 16 183 14 116 264 1,108
Footnote *

The same site can be cultivated for multiple forms of industrial hemp.

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Notes:

A licence holder might have been granted an industrial hemp licence to conduct multiple activities at multiple sites, which may encompass more than one province.

Cultivation was not reported for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Marginal (less than 0.01 hectares) to no cultivation was reported for Alyssa, Carmen, Crag, Delores, Deni, Fasamo, Fedrina-74, Fibriko, Fibrimon-24, Fibrimon-56, Georgina, Kompolti Hibrid TC, Kompolti Sargaszaru, Laura Secord, Lovrin-110, UC-RGM, USO-14, Yvonne, Zolotonosha-11, Zolotonosha-15.

2018 Statistics

This report was generated using Health Canada data available from January 1, 2018 to February 4, 2019.

The Industrial Hemp Regulations define “industrial hemp” as a cannabis plant – or any part of that plant – in which the concentration of THC is 0.3% (w/w) or less in the flowering heads and leaves. A licence from Health Canada is required to possess, cultivate, sell/provide, process, produce a derivative, import and/or export industrial hemp.

Table 5: 2018 Industrial hemp commercial licences and registries by province
Province Total licences and registriesFootnote 1 Licences and registries for cultivation
Alberta 335 184 (55%)
British Columbia 61 31 (51%)
Manitoba 202 99 (49%)
New Brunswick 41 33 (80%)
Newfoundland and Labrador 1 0 (0%)
Nova Scotia 10 5 (50%)
Ontario 111 75 (68%)
Prince Edward Island 21 16 (76%)
Quebec 150 106 (71%)
Saskatchewan 294 162 (55%)
Total 1,226 711 (58%)
Footnote 1

A licence was issued to a specific site where more than one regulated activity may be conducted. A licence holder might have been granted licences for multiple activities at multiple sites. As per the Section 56 Class Exemption in place prior to October 17, 2018, a licence could have provided a blanket authorization for cultivation of industrial hemp at any site. Registration of the cultivation site information was required and could have been submitted to Health Canada either at the time of licence application, or within 15 days after seeding on the “Notification of Cultivation of Industrial Hemp” form. A site where only cultivation occurred was called a “Registry”, and was not issued a licence.

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Table 6: 2018 Registered hectarage for cultivation of industrial hemp by approved cultivar by province
Approved cultivar Hectarage (HA)
AB BC MB NB NL NS ON PEI QC SK Total
Altair 0 0 0.02 0 0 0 22.28 0 4.72 0 27.02
Angie 0 0 0.08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.08
Anka 117.85 22.23 0.04 327.70 0 0 230.82 3.20 124.65 0 826.49
Canda 42.25 4.33 906.38 16.51 0 0.09 61.34 0 0 127.46 1,158.36
CanMa 60.70 0 151.99 0 0 30.35 1.00 25.07 766.76 0 1,035.87
Carmagnola 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.01 0 0 0 0.01
Carmen 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.48 0 0 0 1.48
CFX-1 0 0 0.04 0 0 0 1.28 0 24.00 124.05 149.37
CFX-2 564.25 11.21 419.47 0 0 0 0.01 0 99.08 140.48 1,234.49
Crag 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.02 0 0 0 2.02
CRS-1 38.10 4.05 160.73 0 0 0 0 17.60 0 0.045 220.53
CS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.01 0 0 0 0.01
Delores 4.04 0 0 0 0 0 0.04 0 0 0 4.08
ESTA-1 0 0 0 0 0 4.05 0 0 0 0 4.05
Ferimon 0 0 0 0 0 0.10 0.80 0 182.57 0 183.47
Finola 7,149.46 46.41 1,172.72 22.52 0 0 837.69 0 84.97 3,373.74 12,687.51
Georgina 0 0 0 2.00 0 0 0.25 0 0 0 2.25
Grandi 0 0.28 230.87 0 0 0 0 0 0 802.13 1,033.28
GranMa 0 0 29.32 0 0 0 00 6.47 248.73 0 284.52
Joey 0.06 33.87 427.92 17.93 0 0 0.64 0 0 144.08 624.50
Jutta 0 0 0 0 0 0 185.69 0 0 0 185.69
Katani 2,071.81 43.47 282.64 0 0 0 32.16 91.91 0.80 1,702.65 4,225.44
Martha 0 0 0 11.00 0 0 8.50 0 0 0 19.50
Picolo 658.09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 161.91 820.00
Quida 0 0.12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.12
Silesia 0.05 0 0.02 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.07
USO 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.52 0 10.00 0 14.52
Victoria 0 0 0 3.00 0 0.10 4.85 0 0 0 7.95
X-59
(Hemp Nut)
1,413.89 49.57 891.09 2.22 0 0.10 6.51 0 0 4,397.41 6,760.79
OtherFootnote 2 21.39 0 0.16 0 0 0 0.44 0 0.05 1.50 23.54
TOTAL 12,141.94 215.42 4,673.61 402.88 0 34.79 1,402.33 144.25 1,546.33 10,975.44 31,536.98
Footnote 2

These were non-approved varieties for plant breeding purposes.

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Note:

No cultivation authorizations were issued for the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut.

As per subsection 26(1) of the Industrial Hemp Regulations, a holder of a licence that authorizes cultivation, other than as a plant breeder, must sow only seed of pedigreed status that is of an approved cultivar listed on Health Canada’s current List of Approved Cultivars.

Industrial Hemp Unit
Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch
Health Canada
hc.hemp-chanvre.sc@canada.ca

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